The actress passed away from respiratory problems in her Santa Maria, California home on Monday (28Feb11).
Born in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1921, Russell started out as a receptionist and model in California. She signed a seven-year contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes after he discovered her working for his dentist.
The silver screen sex symbol became an overnight sensation in the mid-1940s when she starred in controversial movie The Outlaw, and she went on to play Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in The Paleface. Her most famous role was perhaps opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She failed to live up to her early promise as a movie star and became best known for her looks and figure. Russell was the number one pin-up girl of U.S. troops stationed overseas during World War Two and beyond, and her curvy figure earned her a 1970s spokesmodel role for Playtex bras. The Jane Russell Peaks in Alaska are named after her trademark breasts.
A vocal advocate of adoption, she also founded the Women's Adoption International Fund. Unable to have children of her own, Russell adopted three kids with her first husband Bob Waterfield. She was married three times. Her third husband, John Calvin Peoples, died in 1999.
Her second husband, Roger Barrett, died just three months after the couple wed in 1968.
A born-again Christian, the actress held weekly Bible study classes at her homes in Montecito and Santa Maria.
Her 1986 autobiography was called My Path and My Detours.
A service will be held to honour Russell at Pacific Christian Church in Santa Maria on 23 March (11).
Fashion designer CALVIN KLEIN threw a massive 21st birthday party for his boyfriend Nick Gruber in New York City on Friday night (21Jan11). The 68 year old stuffed the Manhattan venue with 4,500 balloons, 100 models and a cake with 21 sparklers on top, as well as guests including Anna Wintour, Donna Karan and Daphne Guinness.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star had to leave work and head home when police called to alert him to a break-in at his Hollywood home.
He recalls, "I had a girl break into my house and she made it all the way into my bed and she was in a pair of my Calvin Klein underwear... and I came home and found her there.
"The cops were there too... They took her away. She set off the alarm to my house and that's when the cops came, and she refused to leave. So I came home from work and she was there... It was wild."
NICOLE KIDMAN has put her multi-million dollar apartment in New York City up for rent - prospective tenants will be expected to pay out $45,000 (£30,000) a month to live in the actress' luxurious Manhattan home. Neighbours include Kidman's Australia co-star Hugh Jackman and designer Calvin Klein.
"We've talked about having kids but there are a few things we want to do first - travel and careers. Obviously if you're an international supermodel it's harder. You can't do a sexy Calvin Klein jeans advert if you're six months pregnant." DAVID WALLIAMS wants to wait before starting a family with wife LARA STONE.
The Dutch beauty, who is married to British funnyman David Walliams, is pictured in her underwear lying among a group of men, with one male model straddling her suggestively while another pulls her hair.
The promo has drawn a number of complaints since it was plastered over billboards in Australia and now officials at the country's Advertising Standards Bureau have branded the ads "demeaning to women" and ruled the campaign must be scrapped.
A statement from the organisation reads, "The Board considered that whilst the act depicted could be consensual, the overall impact and most likely takeout is that the scene is suggestive of violence and rape. The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting that she is a plaything of these men. It also demeans men by implying sexualised violence against women."
The Brazilian beauty was the star attraction at the Brazil Foundation gala at the Big Apple's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and auctioned off the dress she was wearing to raise funds.
The Calvin Klein gown was bought by a rich fan for $50,000.
Bundchen was joined for the charity dinner by her husband Tom Brady, as well as Gossip Girl actress Amanda Setton, designer Francisco Costa and Marc Jacobs' ex-boyfriend Lorenzo Martone, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The actress sports a lacy bra and little else in the ad, which was revealed on Wednesday (07Jul10).
She says, "Calvin Klein has always put forth such beautifully executed campaigns and it's very exciting for me to be associated with such an iconic, globally recognised brand."
She joins Twilight star Kellan Lutz and tennis ace Fernando Verdasco among Klein's current roster of underwear models.
The Scream star and rocker pal Ben Harper are the brains behind clothing line Propr and Arquette admits he's so committed to being the best designer he can be, he's taking classes to improve his skills.
He says, "It's a little worrying that I'm going into (fabric store) Jo-Ann and geeking out of fabrics and patterns."
Arquette, who has crafted a series of medical scrubs as jeans for his clothing line, admits there's one thing holding him back from becoming a budding Calvin Klein: "I have big clumsy fingers."
And he isn't stopping at just designing and making Propr clothes - he has partnered up with the founder of photo agency Wire Image to take charge of the company's promotional shoots.
A keen snapper himself, Arquette tells Nylon Guys magazine, "I called my old friend Jeff Vespa... and he offered to be my (photo) assistant.
"(Actor) Lukas Haas' younger twin brothers, Niki and Simon, modelled the summer line at my house in Malibu. They were naturals."
"I could only hope and pray that I could have a career like MARK WAHLBERG." TWILIGHT hunk KELLAN LUTZ wants to emulate the Hollywood star's career success after following in his footsteps by becoming a Calvin Klein underwear model.